Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Montana Department of State Troopers, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be at least 19-years old.

Must be at least
19-years old.

Must be at least 21-years old.

Must be a US citizen (or permanent resident)

Must be at least 21-years old.

High school graduation certificate (or similar proof)

Must be at least 21-years old.

Completion of the entry hiring process (detailed below).

Must be at least 21-years old.

Graduation from Montana state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Montana Highway Patrol Test.

Once you have met the above minimum requirements and once your initial application has been filled and submitted, you will be expected to undertake the following subtests.

The highest performing applicants in these subtests will be invited to enter the Montana state trooper training academy, where they will undertake an intensive 6-week course program.

Below, you can learn more about all state trooper subtests you will be expected to undertake in Montana.

01

State Trooper Written Exam.

Subjects tested on the state trooper written test include:

  • Math.
  • Grammar and spelling.
  • Map reading exercises.
  • Memory tests.
  • Situational judgment.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Incident report writing.

Long-term preparation for the written exam is essential as only the highest performing applicants make it through to the later rounds.

02

Physical Abilities Test.

Tests include:

  • 1.5-mile run
  • Obstacle course
  • Sit-ups and push-ups

Additional physical tests may also be included, at the discretion of the department.

03

Background Investigation.

Your application to Montana state trooper test must be honest and complete. All parts of your application must be filled out and evidence must be supplied where requested.

Your application form will be examined and reviewed. Any necessary additional checks to verify details in your form will be conducted later in the process.

04

Oral Board Exam.

Every applicant taking Montana state trooper test must undertake an oral board exam.

During this exam, you will be interviewed on a wide variety of questions – both relating to you and your suitability for the role, as well as more critical questions that assess your judgment when applied to specific policing scenarios.

For instance, you may be asked dynamic oral board questions that assess your reaction to how you would respond to a given situation. The oral board panel will then alter the situation and immediately request your response.

You need to be prepared; to think on your feet, but to react proportionately and professionally throughout the test.

05

Final Evaluation Tests.

You may be called upon to take a polygraph exam. If you have answered questions honestly in your background investigation, there is no reason to fear this part of the exam.

At this stage, the department may get back to you if they have found any inconsistencies with your background investigation form or whether you need to supply any additional evidence to substantiate any specific claim. Additional tests taken at this stage include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation

These are standard tests that assess both your physical and mental preparedness to meet the challenges that come with a career in law enforcement.

06

Offer of Employment.

Applicants who pass all sections of the Montana state trooper test will be issued an offer of employment.

You will need to accept this employment offer within the specified timeframe that the department has given you.

Measurements will also be taken for your uniform.

Once your offer of employment has been accepted, you will be given more details about when you can start training at Montana state trooper academy. The entire process – from your initial application to the department to entering the academy itself – typically takes 6-8 months. It varies year to year.

Sample Montana Highway Patrol Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Montana state trooper test questions; the style and standard of which are representative of the exam questions asked on the day of your state trooper written test.


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About Montana Highway Patrol Test

Montana highway patrol (MHP) is the officially deployed highway police force in Montana. It came into being in 1935 and over the time it has proven its feasibility in crime control and making the highways safe of Montana. MHP has 243 patrolmen and it has it’s headquarter at:

Helena,
Montana 59601,
United States

It is also worth mentioning that in 1988 MHP became the first state highway patrol to become nationally accredited, which enhanced its professionalism among other state highway patrol agencies. Troopers of are assigned to the following specialty units of MHP:

• Special response team
• Safety enforcement traffic team
• Executive protection
• Criminal interdiction team
• Gambling control unit

It also has an aviation division.

Each year, troopers of MHP:

• Respond to more than 70,000 call for service
• Issue over 100,000 warning tickets and over 80,000 arrest tickets
• Drive over 89,00,000 km of its jurisdiction

The current strength of Montana highway patrol is near to 500, which is lead by the chief of police, Steve Lavin.

MHP is always looking for competent, skillful and dedicated employees to serve the state of Montana with all their heart. If you fulfill the minimum requirements for submitting an application for the position of trooper, you will be evaluated in a 6-phase selection process. The selection process consists of a comprehensive test, Montana highway patrol test. This test covers the following domains:

• Written exam
• Job suitability testing
• Physical exam
• Psychological test

After appearing in the Montana highway patrol test, you are also required to pass an extensive background investigation conducted by MHP. The background investigation includes:

i. Fingerprint check
ii. Credit check
iii. Criminal history and driving record check
iv. Previous employer reference check
v. Verification of application contents (material and qualification)
vi. Verification of compliance with FMSSA (Federal Military Selective Service Act)

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